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Antec Hard Drive Cooling System Review

Former staff writer    -   February 18, 2002






Also, with the front off notice the LED display to the left. This display gives you the temperatures of your hard drive and a second temperature probe. It can display the temperature in both celsius and fahrenheit. Just to the left of the temperature display are two green LEDs. The top one indicates the display is reading the hard drive temperature. The bottom one is for the second temperature probe. There is a blue switch under the temperature display. This is to set the unit for celsius or fahrenheit. To the right of the temperature display is a small push-button. This is acessable from the front panel through a small hole thats big enough for a paper-clip. The push-button is to temporarily switch the display between celsius and fahrenheit. During operation the display switches back and forth between the two temperature probes every five seconds. I find this to be a little annoying. It would be nice if you could set it to stay on one probe. Maybe in the next model!

Looking at the underside and the back. You can see the pass through power cable, the two temperature probes and the two fans. Also, notice the area that the hard drive sits in. A close up pic of the back of the two 40mm fans. These operate from 3500RPM to 5000RPM depending on the temperature received by the probes. Here are the two temperature probes for the LED display. One temperature probe is short and the other is long. The short one is meant to go on the hard drive. The long temperature probe can be used to monitor temperatures at different places in you case. I decided to slip the long temperature probe next to the core of the processor under the heatsink. So, I could monitor the CPU temperatures. To install your hard drive into the Antec hard drive cooling system. Simply, have the cooler on its back, flip the hard drive over and lay into place. Make sure the hard drive's power and IDE connections are facing toward the back of the unit. Now, use the included screws to tighten the hard drive in place. The next step is to place the short temperature probe onto the hard drive. Antec recommends that the probe be placed on the hard drives chipset. To attach it to the chipset, use a piece of the included thermal tape. Once this is done, you are ready to install the hard drive cooling system into your computer. Just slide the unit it an open 5.25" bay, Tighten it down with the included screws, run the second temperature probe to where you want it, hook up your power and IDE cables. Then your good to go! When you first power on your computer the Antec hard drive cooling system will go through a startup process. Then the unit will start monitoring the temperature of both temperature probes. Switching the display back and forth between the two every 5 seconds.



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